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Party like it’s 2012 at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Posted at 3:15 pm, July 19, 2014 in Fun London, Olympics & Paralympics
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That’s right it’s that time again – time to bask in the memories of Wiggo, The Weirwolf, Ellie Simmonds, Nicola Adams, Mo and Jess’s Super Saturday, Bo-Jo’s dad dancing and Her Majesty demonstrating that it’s never too late to take up sky-diving.

Instead of taking place at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, though, the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games 2014 will be hosted in a specially built stadium at Horse Guards Parade and a track on The Mall.

With the 2012 centrepiece currently being turned into West Ham’s home ground, The Queen (assuming she’s not too busy leaping from helicopters) will only have a short walk to see the likes of GB Olympic heroes Greg Rutherford and David Weir as well as Jamaican speed-merchant Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in action, when the event kicks off on July 20.

Tickets are required for the two sessions in the Horse Guards Parade stadium (starting at 1pm and 6pm, with events including 100m, long jump, shot put, pole vault and hurdles). However, visitors can line the two-mile course on The Mall for free, to cheer on the likes of Weir, who won his fourth gold of London 2012 on that very thoroughfare.

Tickets and full schedule are available at britishathletics.org.uk.

For more Olympic fun take a look at these five ways to get the most out of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

By Colin Hubbuck

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